Education Noticeboard: 23 September 2021

Welcome to the Education Noticeboard. A round-up of news, guidance and key updates for education settings.

Included in this update:

Director Update

Dear colleagues

I am delighted to share with you a number of news stories, including the completion of a new two storey building at Langley School. This is part of a scheme within the borough to increase our secondary school places.

Congratulations to Aqueduct Primary School, whose determined efforts have resulted in the installation of a community defibrillator and also to all of the local school children who took part in the Ocean Fish Trail Art Project. If you are in the Town Park before the end of the month, please take the time to look at the fantastic work that has been created.

Telford & Wrekin have also launched a campaign to support the Tree Council’s Annual Seed Gathering Season. Cllr Peter Scott has taken part in a video, to show how easy this can be!

Please be reminded about the Pre-exclusion Hotline resource. This is already helping schools to find alternatives to an exclusion and the team are ready to help prior to an exclusion being issued.

As always, there is a lot of information for you this week including information around safeguarding, SEND updates and the usual list of CPD opportunities.

Finally we know many of you are very busy managing COVID.  Thank you for everything that you are doing.  We are working to develop some comms for you to use with parents to help them understand ‘step up measures’, where they are required with regard to the DfE contingency framework.  We shall send this to you as a special education notice as soon as possible.

Wishing you all a good rest of the week.

Simon Wellman
Director of Education & Skills

Major investment in borough’s secondary schools 

Telford & Wrekin Council is expanding the secondary school provision across the borough by another 300 school places, part of its multi-million pound investment into schools over the next two years.

Work has been recently completed at The Telford Langley School to provide extra secondary school places, taking account of the growth in housing across the borough.

The almost £5 million scheme includes the recently-finished new two storey, 300 pupil classroom facility at the Telford Langley’s site in Dawley, along with reconfiguring and refurbishing areas of the ground floor and first floor of the existing school building. 

Further expansions are planned at other school sites across Telford and Wrekin in the coming weeks.

Cllr Shirley Reynolds, Cabinet Member for Children, Young People, Education and Lifelong Learning, said:  “The recently completed extension at Telford Langley provides more secondary places for children in the Dawley area so many more children can attend a school closer to their home address.

 “We are strongly committed to investing in our schools – in the coming months, other secondary schools sites across the borough will also be expanded, to make sure they offer enough provision for people in our borough, in line with the expansion of the houses’ developments.

“This £31 million school investment project is on top of the £200 million “Building Schools for the Future” programme which completed four years ago, benefitting every secondary school in the borough.”

Head teacher at The Telford Langley School Steven Carter said: “Our motto at The Telford Langley School is “Ensuring Excellence”. We are committed to providing the very best educational experience for our student’s day in day out, lesson in lesson out. 

“This fantastic new teaching block and the extensive remodelling to the existing building helps us maintain the highest expectations for all aspects of our provision, as the demand for places at our school continues to grow.”

Leading Shropshire construction company Morris Property have been awarded the design & build project for schools’ refurbishment programme and are working with the Council to create exciting new facilities. 

Contracts Manager Glyn O’Hara from Morris Property commented: “We are thrilled we have been able to complete the Telford Langley’s school expansion on time, with a minimum of disruption and giving the highest quality transformation for the benefit of the school community.

“Once again, we have been working with colleagues at Telford & Wrekin Council, using our specialist educational construction experience to good effect.  

“We are now directing our efforts towards the expansion of other school sites and are keen to continue to produce the very best for our borough.”

You can view drone footage of the new Langley School extension on YouTube.

Aqueduct Primary School unveil community defibrillator

Aqueduct Primary School achieved their long-term goal on Wednesday 15 September 2021 when they unveiled their Community Defibrillator.

In the Autumn of 2019 the pupils, via their School Council representatives decided they wanted to raise money for a community defibrillator and set about fund raising by selling toast at break times. They raised over £400 and then, in 2020, the world changed.

However, Aqueduct Primary School pupils were determined not to let a global pandemic stop them. Grants from Dawley Hamlets Parish Council, Veolia, EnviroGrant, and Living Space; along with contributions from Aqueduct Little Learners, who did a sponsored assault course, and Nisa in Little Dawley, who nominated the school for a MADL (Making a Difference Locally) award all helped get them closer to their target.

Mrs Gidley, the grandparent of one of the pupils, kindly donated the money that she had received instead of flowers when her husband sadly passed away. The project has really brought the community together and Mrs Lockley, Head teacher at Aqueduct Primary School thanked everyone, and expressed how proud she was of the pupils as she unveiled the defibrillator and a plaque commemorating the occasion.

Telford & Wrekin support Seed Gathering Season campaign 

Telford & Wrekin Council has launched a local campaign to support The Tree Council’s annual Seed Gathering Season to show how easy it is to gather seeds to grow your own trees. it’s fun, free and we can all do it!

Cllr Peter Scott has been collecting sees for a few years and we joined him to see how easy it is. 

Ocean Fish Trail Art Project 

Children from 23 local schools have joined together to create an art trail, which highlights the need to stop plastics from polluting our oceans and marine life.

They took part in the Ocean Fish Trail art project to learn about the need to protect our oceans and marine life from deadly plastics and to help raise awareness.

Their artworks are on display in Chelsea Gardens at TelfordTown Park until the end of September 2021.

Some of the children joined cllr Carolyn Healy, Telford & Wrekin Council cabinet member for climate change, green spaces, natural and historic environment, for a special viewing.

Motivational Interviewing training for head teachers 

Alasdair Cant & Associates are providing an interactive half-day webinar on Motivational Interviewing for Telford & Wrekin head teachers.

The session will be held on Thursday 14 October 2021 from 9.30am to 12.30am.  The cost to attend this webinar is £20.

To book a place, please simply send an email to which includes your name, school name and email address to  A Zoom link will be sent to all registered delegates in October 2021, a few days before the session.

The details:
Title: Motivational Interviewing Interactive half-day webinar
Intended audience: Head teachers
Date & time: Thursday 14 October 2021, 9.30-12.30am
Delivery: Online via Zoom
Content: Motivational Interviewing is an invaluable tool proven to support change and relationship management.

For further information about the course please download the information sheet.

Motivational Interviewing Webinar Information Sheet

Pre-exclusion hotline 07816372459 

During the Summer Term of the last academic year, a new Pre-exclusion Hotline was trialled across Telford & Wrekin. A lot of positive feedback was received about this resource and the support to aid discussions around each child before an exclusion took place.

A number of schools used the Hotline, however it is now time to refocus the intention of use so that schools are aware of the how to access the support on offer.

We would like to remind you that the Pre-exclusion Hotline is available as a pre-exclusion support mechanism and not for use after an exclusion has already taken place. Once a school is considering an exclusion that would be the ideal time for schools to contact the hotline so that a member of the team can come out to school to meet with the young person, participate in discussions with a view to assisting colleagues to de-escalate the situation.  

The team look forward to continuing to work alongside schools, providing this valuable same day on-site support to prevent an exclusion from taking place The intention is always for the young person to remain in school, in line with the Telford & Wrekin strategy to reduce exclusions.

For more information with regards to the team, please contact BSAT Team Leader (Darren Lennon) by email at

Ofsted’s Inspection Data Summary Report (IDSR) external newsletter 

The Ofsted IDSR team's first newsletter is now available online. The one-stop pre-inspection shop for all questions on the upcoming release of the inspection data summary report (IDSR).

In this edition:

  • Next IDSR release date.
  • What data will have been updated.
  • How to use 2019 data.
  • New terminology for exclusions.
  • Integration of school sixth form data redevelopment project.

Ofsted IDSR External Newsletter

Subsidy for Schools: Safeguarding Programmes in 2021/22 

Telford & Wrekin Council have once again secured funding for schools to have Loudmouth’s RSHE programmes for this academic year, 2020/21.

This year schools are entitled to all 3 of the following offers:  

1. Press & Play part-funded, pre-recorded lessons for Year 7 (running time of 40 - 60 minutes per lesson). You can choose up to 2 of the following lessons:

Schools are asked to contribute £35 + VAT per programme. Most of these programmes are usually delivered in Year 6 as part of the Crucial Crew project. Due to the Coronavirus Yr 6 students missed out last year. We would therefore advise you to choose your 2 programmes and run them as soon as possible in this autumn term.

2. Out Of It –  fully funded, live, face to face assembly for Year 8 on alcohol and drug awareness.
This is a brand new programme that includes a FREE 45 minute, interactive, assembly-style performance plus extra lesson plan ebook and an additional workshop film to use as follow up. There is a list of set dates and time slots in the Autumn term for you to choose from – please use the reply slip below to indicate your first and second choices of slot. NB. The assembly lasts 45 minutes but we are allocating a full hour to allow for any slippage time eg. students arriving late.

3. Live RSE performance/workshops for Years 9 – 11, delivered face to face – part-funded.
You can choose up to 2 of the following programmes for any time this academic year: Working For Marcus on child exploitation, Safe and Sound on abuse in teenage relationships, Trust Me on sexual health. These each consist of a performance to one year group (Years 9, 10 or 11) followed by consecutive, class size workshops. Alternatively, they can be delivered as an hour-long assembly style session. The school is asked to contribute £3 per pupil, per programme.

In terms of the face to face sessions, Loudmouth will have virtual, back-up options in the event of last minute changes due to the pandemic situation.

For information, visit the Loudmouth website. To register your interest or if you’re ready to book, please download the form and email it Caroline at  or telephone her on 0121 446 4880 as soon as possible.      

Online safety alert- Gacha Heat 

A safeguarding issue has been identified, which uses the characters and backgrounds from the popular roleplaying game Gacha Life. These videos contain characters and backgrounds made on Gacha Studio which is part of their suite of apps.

The ‘Gacha Heat’ videos can seem ‘innocent’ but can contain inappropriate and offensive content or storylines that extend beyond typical Gacha Life gameplay such as sexual violence, fetish/kink/BDSM, incest and teacher/student or other age-inappropriate relationships.

There are high volumes of ‘Gacha Heat’ content on YouTube and TikTok.

It’s important to note that ‘Gacha Heat’ content is NOT typically found within Gacha Life gameplay on the app but is generated by a group of users and uploaded onto other platforms to which children and young people may be exposed to.

What is a Gacha Life?
Gacha Life is a roleplaying and story board creation game. Users can create storyboard scenes, add text bubbles, props, and backgrounds on Gacha Studio. Gacha life has a rating of 9+ on the Apple PlayStore and ‘E’ for Everyone on Google Play.

What are the risks?
The content in ‘Gacha Heat’ videos presents a risk to children and young people that is not immediately obvious to parents and carers unless they watch the entire video and inspect the narrative.

Themes of ‘Gacha Heat’ videos include racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, child sexual abuse and exploitation, fetish/kink/BDSM/incitement of sexual violence, ‘shock core’, glorification of suicide, terminal illness, incest (parent/child and sibling) and teacher/student relationships.

These themes can normalise abuse, and harmful sexual behaviour among children and adults.

‘Gacha Heat’ content has been populating the general #Gacha and #GachaStory hashtags on TikTok which exposes children to the inappropriate content without it being sought out.

Top Tips & Advice

  • Ensure Google SafeSearch is enabled on children’s devices. It will help filter out any explicit material from initial searches and protect them.
  • Teach young people about the importance of seeking help if something worries or upsets them.
  • Talk to the children and young people about how they can block and report content or behaviour that upsets or worries them. 

Full details can be accessed by downloading the ‘Gacha Heat’ digital threat assessment.

The Importance of completing the Early Years Census

Completing Census information is necessary to ensure that  your school/ setting receive the correct amount of funding, failure to complete the census will result in the local authority being underfunded and your school/setting being unable to access the funding for children within your school/setting.  

For those that complete the portal and census information:

  • Please can you all check your children have been have been ticked as ‘PRESENT DURING CENSUS’ to do this please log into your portal, do not ring the team to check.  This is a data item which should be done every term and termly reminders are sent out to ask for this to be done.
  • For children who are eligible for DAF funding you need to attach the appropriate paperwork in the document upload function on the children’s individual record along, which should also be done for children claiming EYDP (this only needs to be uploaded once as the records are stored).
  • It is imperative that this information is collated for auditing purposes and to evidence eligibility.  It is also extremely important that you ensure all your FUNDED children are recorded each term, as the financial impact to yourselves and the local authority can be immense if children are missed off. 

Spring Term will be the official Early Years Census and you must complete the Early Years Portal and the School/Academy Census ensuring all children are recorded, ticked as present and the hours are correct, this is not just for 3 and 4 year old children but  includes 2 year old funded children also.

This is the most important census of the year for Early Years and is used to produce the budget for Telford & Wrekin Council for the forthcoming year from central government.

Unfortunately at last census a significant number of children were missed off and it was not picked up in time to be resolved thus resulting in settings/schools not being funded for all of the children.  

We cannot check your submissions as we do not know where every child attends hence it is imperative that you check your information and ensure that all your funded children are on your submissions, we monitor, audit and validate claims once they are submitted.

Secondary SENCo Briefing - Fair Share

All Secondary School SENCo’s are invited to attend a briefing on:

  • Tuesday 28 September
  • 4pm-5pm
  • Microsoft Teams

The briefing will be sharing new and refreshed information regarding Fair Share and Transition.

Invitations to the meeting have been sent out, if you have not received an invitation are new to your role or would like to be added to the invite list, please contact us with your name, position and school by email at:

Funded Autism Spectrum Condition (ASC) Lead Training Rock Assembly workshops programme 

Currently underway is a huge drive on increasing the understanding of Autism Spectrum Condition (ASC) within Telford & Wrekin schools, to increase inclusion. All schools are asked to co-work towards achieving this whole-borough vision. To support this co-work, and make achieving this vision a reality, a funded place is being provided for a one member of senior staff from each setting to attend the ASC Lead training, during the forthcoming Autumn Term.

Why does my schools need an ASC Lead?
A lead autism practitioner is needed in every school in Telford. The ASC Lead can then drive planning the support and provision for children with social communication needs, across the school. 

What impact will the ASC Lead have in my school?
Having an ASC Lead will enable all young people to have an increased sense of belonging to their school and promote inclusion. This is essential because it will increase the holistic development of each young person identified with ASC. 

In addition, if requests are made for an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP), schools will be able to demonstrate levels of interventions linked to the graduated response. Furthermore, the acquired skills across all school staff will assist with the presentation of young people to the emotional health and wellbeing panel for consideration to be placed on the ASC pathway. The content of the Autism Education Trust (AET) links to the Ofsted framework for inspection, and therefore will support each school when engaging with Ofsted Inspectors.

Next Steps
Schools are asked to sign up one member of staff for the ASC Lead training. Please identify the member of staff who is, or will be, the autism lead in your school and ask them to sign up to just one of the dates below. The autism lead will need to be a senior member of your team who is able to oversee the development of policy and practice.

The dates are as follows:

  • 13 October 2021
  • 3 November 2021
  • 10 November 2021
  • 17 November 2021
  • 24 November 2021
  • 1 December 2021
  • 8 December 2021

To book a place on a course, please send a completed CPD booking form by email to
The booking form is available online.

Once your member of staff has received the ASC lead (Leading Good Autism Practice, or LGAP for short) training, they are encouraged to then begin to organise the delivery of whole school training. This can be achieved by contacting Michael Lane (Senior Educational Psychologist and ASC Lead) who will co-ordinate the allocation of training staff to schools. He can be contacted by sending an email to

Travel to school Survey 2021 

Telford & Wrekin Council is committed to investing and improving sustainable active travel over the coming years, to ensure that our transport network continues to evolve and be fit for purpose, but to also promote the health and well-being benefits associated with active and sustainable travel.

The Council has recently secured Department for Transport Active Travel Funding, and is required to carry out the Annual Travel to School Survey.

It would be appreciated if your school could carry out the attached hands up survey with all pupils (from Reception year to Year 13), which simply asks ‘How do you usually travel to school?’

Please are download the two accompanying spreadsheets:

Instructions are included within each spreadsheet.

The travel to school survey data, will support the Council in developing and implementing further active and sustainable travel measures, as well as support future funding bids to Government.

Please return the completed School Data Sheet along with your answers to the questions by Friday 15 October 2021 to

School Admissions – starting reception in September 2022

The online application form for children who are due to start Reception in September 2022 is now available via the Telford & Wrekin website. The Admissions Information Booklet is also available for download.

To apply for a Reception 2022 school place parents will need to use the online system.

Available to download is the ‘Starting School poster’ and we would be grateful if you could display this in your school, and distribute within your newsletters, social media etc.

Starting School Poster

Please note:

  • Parents will need to make an application to the Local Authority of where they are living e.g. where they pay Council Tax to.
  • If a child is attending nursery, they still need to apply for a school place.
  • The deadline for applying for a school place is 15 January 2022.
  • There is no guarantee of a place at the school even if a child has been attending their nursery or preschool.
  • More information around school allocations and oversubscription criteria is available on the Telford & Wrekin website.
  • If a child has an Education, Health and Care Plan the closing date is 31 October 2021 for all applications.

The school admissions website page also contains lots of additional information around school admissions.

If a customer is having problems with the application itself please signpost them to the School Admissions Team at

School Admissions – starting junior school in September 2022

The online application form for children who are due to start junior school in September 2022 is now available via the Telford & Wrekin website. The Admissions Information Booklet is also available for download.

A letter to parents/guardians has been provided. Please download and distribute this letter to Year 2 parents/guardians as a reminder for them to apply on time.

Infant to junior transfer: Letter to parents

Please note:

  • Parents will need to make an application to the Local Authority of where they are living e.g. where they pay council tax to
  • If a child has an Education, Health & Care Plan the closing date is 31 October 2021 for all applications

The school admissions website page also contains lots of additional information around school admissions.

If a customer is having problems with the application itself please signpost them to the School Admissions Team at

School Admissions – starting secondary school in September 2022

The online application form for children who are due to start secondary school in September 2022 is now available via the Telford & Wrekin website. The Admissions Information Booklet is also available for download.

A letter to parents/guardians has been provided. Please download and distribute this letter to Year 6 parents/guardians as a reminder for them to apply on time.

Junior to secondary transfer: Letter to parents

The school admissions website page also contains lots of additional information around school admissions.

If a customer is having problems with the application itself please signpost them to the School Admissions Team at

Virtual school Autumn Term Network Meeting 

This term’s Network Meeting for Designated Teachers (DTs) and Nominated Governors (NGs) will be held via Microsoft Teams on 11 November, from 4pm.

There is a jam-packed line up, focusing on the work of the Attachment Research Community (ARC), which includes guest speakers Andy Wright, Chair of Trustees for ARC, as well as Jon Hickman, previously of North Birmingham Academy, winners of the ARC Attachment Award for secondary schools for its work around attachment and trauma awareness. Both of the guest speakers will offer their unique perspectives on the potential positive impacts of developing trauma and attachment informed practices, as well as speaking authentically about the challenges and pitfalls along the way.  

This meeting also aims to give further details of the ARC Pathway; a useful self-evaluation and school development tool to support you in your work to reflect upon attachment and trauma-informed policy and practices, as well as useful tools and guidance on improving and evidencing the impact of your Pupil Premium Plus spending.

If you haven’t yet booked your place for your school’s DT and/or Nominated Governor, please find further details in the current CPD Booklet

Please contact Michelle Salter, Virtual School Head teacher, by sending any queried via email to

Education Endowment Foundation Toolkit Revision 

On 17 September 2021, the Education Endowment Foundation published a newly updated Teaching and Learning Toolkit. The Toolkit can be used to reference research evidence as required by the pupil premium statement, and is available online:

Teaching and Learning Toolkit

Each evidence review now has:

  • a section on implementation which suggests ways that initiatives could be put into practice;
  • information on the potential impact on closing the disadvantage attainment gap.

An accompanying explanation video is also available:

EEF Teaching and Learning Toolkit Video

There is also a separate Early Years Toolkit, also available online:

Early Years Toolkit

SHaW Maths Hub Primary update 

The following is an overview of all of the SHaW Maths Hub opportunities for 2021-22. Please book now to secure your place, even if the dates have not yet been confirmed, as some of the Work Groups are nearly fully booked. Cancellations are permitted, if the dates are not convenient when confirmed.

Teaching for Mastery Work Groups 2021-22 

Automatic progression for schools currently participating in...
Mastery Readiness > automatic progression to > Teaching for Mastery Development
Teaching for Mastery Development > automatic progression to > Embedding Mastery
Embedding Mastery > automatic progression to > Sustaining Mastery (1)
Sustaining Mastery > automatic progression to > Sustaining Mastery (2)

Workshop dates and times

Workshop 1 Thursday 23 September 2021 8.45am - 9.55am Year 2
    10.05am - 11.15am Reception
    11.25am - 12.35pm Year 1
Workshop 2 Wednesday 26 January 2022 8.45am - 9.55am Year 2
    10.05am - 11.15am Reception
    11.25 - 12.35pm Year 1
Workshop 3 Wednesday 27 April 2022 8.45am - 9.55 Year 2
    10.05am - 11.15am Reception
    11.25am - 12.35pm Year 1

Specialist Knowledge for Teaching Mathematics (SKTM)
All of the Specialist Knowledge for Teaching Maths (SKTM) Work Groups will be online to provide equitable access to all schools across the SHaW Maths Hub region.

EY - Number Patterns and Structures
EY - Pattern, Shape, Space and Measures
*Primary - for teachers (Years 3 and 4)
*Primary - for teaching assistants (Years 3 and 4)
*Primary Early Career Teachers (first two years of teaching)

*We are only accepting bookings from teachers and teaching assistants working with the same Year 3 or 4 class. Although the SKTM Work Groups for teachers and teaching assistants will be run at different times, they will be linked with common school-based tasks to prioritise collaborative working.

Years 5-8 Continuity Work Groups
These Work Groups, in Hereford, Shrewsbury and Wolverhampton, enable Primary and Secondary colleagues to work collaboratively with a focus on pre-symbolic algebraic thinking and the new Checkpoints activities. Much of the excellent collaboration between schools has suffered over the past two years, so these Work Groups offers a chance to rekindle positive relationships.

Schools in the SHaW region that took part in the Multiplicative Reasoning version previously are encouraged to work together again using the enlightening new algebraic thinking materials. The lessons have been developed with the expertise of Dietmar Küchemann, who was also instrumental in developing many of the materials in the Multiplicative Reasoning project.

Please book now for HerefordShrewsbury or Wolverhampton then contact colleagues from your linked secondary school(s).

More information can be found on the SHaW Maths Hub website. If you are unable to find answers to any queries from the work groups page please email Catherine Walker,  Maths Hub Operations Manager at or call the office on 01743 284002.

CPD courses for school staff, senior leaders and governors 

The 2021-2022 CPD Booklet is available on the Telford Education Services site and we very much look forward to receiving your bookings.

Whilst restrictions around COVID-19 have now eased, we continue to work hard to provide venues with suitable space, ventilation and effective safety procedures for any face to face courses.  Online courses continue to be charged at a slightly lower rate to reflect savings made by not using external venues.

Course bookings with a course code are made by sending a completed CPD booking form via email to

Other courses and briefings without a course code are usually booked by sending your email address name and school name to


ELSA Training - Part 3 (EPS 004) FULL

Wednesday 29 September

9am to 3pm

Management of Actual or Potential Aggression (MAPA training) - Part 1

Thursday 30 September

8.30am to 4pm

SENCO Network Meeting - Fair Share Briefing (LSAT 227)

Thursday 30 September

4pm to 5pm

Early Years Conference (EY 105) FULL

Friday 1 October

9.15am to 4pm

Safeguarding Arrangements for School Leases

Monday 4 October

2pm to 2.45pm

Early Career Teacher Network (CPD 720)

Tuesday 5 October

4pm to 5pm

ELSA Training - Part 4 (EPS 004) FULL

Wednesday 6 October

9am to 3pm

Recently Qualified Teacher Development Programme (CPD 507)

Thursday 7 October

4pm to 5.30pm

Child Protection Supervision (SG 203)

Thursday 7 October

9.30am to 12.30pm

Developing the Role of the EAL Coordinator (CPD 616)

Thursday 7 October

3.45pm to 6pm

Management of Actual or Potential Aggression (MAPA training) - Part 2 (BSAT 201)

Thursday 7 October

8.30am to 12.30pm

RE/ SACRE twilight visit to a place of worship (TBC)

Tuesday 5 October

4pm to 5pm

Safeguarding Arrangements for School Leases (online)

Monday  11 October (revised date)

5pm to 5.45pm

Managing Sexual Violence & Sexual Harassment in Schools (SG 201)

Monday 11 October

9am to 12noon

Raising Awareness of Prevent (SG 101)

Tuesday 12 October

3.30pm to 5pm

Developing Early Years & Childcare Provision - supporting school sustainability and child outcomes (EY 113)

Tuesday 12 October

9.15am to 12noon

The Role of the Early Years Practitioner in Supporting and Enhancing Play (EY 008)

Tuesday 12 October

1.15pm to 4pm

Best practice in your breakfast, after-school and holiday provision (EY 104)

Wednesday 13 October


9.15am to 12noon

Youth Mental Health First Aid (PSS 001) two days

Wednesday 13 October

Thursday 14 October

9.15am to 4pm

(both days)

An Introduction to EAL for Early Career Teachers (CPD 527)

Wednesday 13 October


3.45pm to 6pm

ELSA Training - Part 5 (EPS 004) FULL

Wednesday 13 October


9am to 3pm

Taking the Chair - Part 1 (GO 504)

Wednesday 13 October


4.30pm to 6.30pm

Autism Spectrum Condition Training (EPS 107) FULL

Wednesday 13 October


9am to 4.30pm

Motivational Interviewing Webinar for Headteachers

Thursday 14 October

9.30am to 12.30pm

Employee Investigations Training (HR course)

Thursday 14 October

3pm to 5.30pm

Governors' Responsibilities for Exclusions (SG 104)

Thursday 14 October

5pm to 7pm

Meeting the Statutory Safeguarding and Welfare Requirements of the EYFS (EY 009)

Thursday 14 October

4pm to 5.30pm

SENCO Network Meeting – Briefing (online)

(LSAT 227)

Thursday 14 October

4pm to 5.30pm

Red Book Training

Friday 15 October

All day – time TBA

Restorative Justice (PSS 003)

Monday 18 October

4pm to 5.30pm

EYFS: Areas of Learning and Development
Session 4: Literacy (EY 308)

Tuesday 19 October

1pm to 2.30pm

EYFS: Areas of Learning and Development
Session 4: Literacy (EY 309)

Tuesday 19 October

4pm to 5.30pm

The Strategic Role of Governors (GO 601)

Tuesday 19 October

4pm to 6pm

Understanding Nurture (PSS 101)

Tuesday 19 October

9.15am to 12noon

Designated Teacher for Children in Care Network Meeting (Post 16 ) (online)

Tuesday 19 October

4pm to 5pm

Assessing and Monitoring of progress in EAL (CPD 701)

Wednesday 20 October

3.45pm to 6pm

Newly Appointed Safeguarding Governor Induction Training (SG 103)

Wednesday 20 October

5pm to 7.30pm

ELSA Training - Part 6 FULL

Wednesday 20 October

9am to 3pm

Child Development: Supporting Children’s Cognitive development in the EYFS (EY 311)

Wednesday 20 October

9.15am to 12noon

MAPA Refresher (BSAT 212)

Thursday 21 October

9am to 11.30am

Absence Management of Employees (HR course)

Thursday 21 October

3pm to 5.30pm

Primary Science and Design & Technology Subject Leaders' Termly Update and Development Meeting (CPD 517)

Thursday 21 October

4pm to 5.30pm

Understanding and managing your school budget (GO 508)

Thursday 21 October

9.15am to 12noon

Raising Awareness of Child Protection (SG 108)

Thursday 21 October

3.30pm to 5pm

Early Career Teacher's Annual Professional Development Conference (CPD 514)

Friday 22 October

9am to 3.30pm

Rock Assembly 2021 workshop programme

Booking has recently opened for The Talent Foundry’s annual Rock Assembly. The aim of the event is to encourage young people to ‘think big’ about their futures and support schools to meet Gatsby Benchmarks. 

The programme of workshops for the 2021 event has now been released, and is available to download.

Talent Foundry Rock Assembly 2021 Programme

More information about The Rock Assembly

●        This year’s Rock Assembly will be held online on the 30 September 2021.

●        The first Rock Assembly was held in 2011 and nine have been held since then with around 100,000 students attending

●        More information about the event can be found on the Talent Foundry website.

The event is completely free for schools; however The Talent Foundry’s programmes and events are only open to schools with higher-than-average numbers of pupils eligible for pupil premium funding within their local authority. Schools who want to discover if they are eligible to attend the Rock Assembly should email: 

Anti-bullying week: 15-19 November 2021

The Anti-Bullying Alliance (ABA) are the official organisers of Anti-Bullying Week and Odd Socks Day. Anti-Bullying Week 2021 will be taking place from Monday 15 to Friday 19 November 2021, and the theme is ‘One Kind Word’.

Please follow the links below, for various information and resources to support this event:

Anti-Bullying Week 2021: One Kind Word

Odd Socks Day- Monday 15 November 2021

School Resources: Anti-Bullying Week

Anti-Bullying Alliance Social Media

Pledge Your Support

For more information on the Anti-bullying Alliance, and Anti-Bullying Week, please visit their website.



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